Sunday, 7 July 2013

Q - list of geographical terms and definitions

Quality of Life Index: a single number or score used to place different countries in rank order based on their quality of life. Various indicators are included, e.g. GNP per person, calorie intake, life expectancy, access to health care, number of doctors per 100,000 etc.
Quality of Life: things (e.g. housing) that affect your standard of living.
Quality of Life: an idea which is difficult to define because it means different things to different people. Things which make for a good quality of life might include high income, good health, good housing, basic home amenities, pleasant surroundings, recreational open space, good local shops, a secure job, etc..
Quarry: a large pit dug to obtain a mineral from the ground. Rocks and ore are quarried.
Quarry: A quarry is a type of open-air pit mine from which rocks and minerals can be extracted by blasting, digging or cutting.
Quarry: Where rock is cut from the surface of the land.
Quarrying: see Plucking.
Quartz: Quartz is a hard mineral which consists mainly of silica, and can be obtained from different types of rocks. It is the second most abundant mineral found in the earth's crust.
Quaternary Industry: one which uses modern technology to carry out research, handle information and give advice to other industries.
Quaternary sector: That portion of a region's economy devoted to informational and idea-generating activities (e.g., basic research, universities and colleges, and news media).
Quaternary Sector: The part of an economy that focuses on information based activities is known as the quaternary sector.
Quotas: are used in the EU to control production, for example, to avoid butter mountains and milk lakes. Dairy farmers have to buy a quota, which allows them to produce a maximum amount of milk.